March 15, 2009
Stillwater, OKlahoma - Tyler Pill's pinch-hit double in the seventh inning tied the game, and Khris Davis' sac-fly won it for the Titans in the eighth as No. 6 Cal State Fullerton came back to beat Rhode Island, 4-3, in the final game of the Oklahoma State Tournament Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Field.
The Titans improve to 13-3 on the year and complete their 11-day, 8-game road trip with a 7-1 record with wins over nationally-ranked Texas A&M and Oklahoma State to their credit. They swept the 2-game series with the Rams and now return to Fullerton for a three-game set with Oral Roberts.
Freshman right-hander Noe Ramirez (3-0) picked up his third win of the year fanning a season high eight Rams along the way. Ryan Ackland and Michael Morrison each worked a scoreless inning with Morrison earning his third save of the year by preserving the one-run lead.
Righty Luke Demko fell to 1-2 on the year allowing the Titans' eight inning game-winning run.
The Titans got on the board quickly off starter Eric Smith as Gary Brown led off the game with a triple to the gap in left-center. He promptly crossed home on ball that got away from catcher Milan Adams to give the Titans an early 1-0 advantage.
Rhode Island bounced back with first-inning runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three times off Noe Ramirez. Leadoff man Zoey Angulo started things for the Rams by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Gary Brown, then advancing to third on a double by Oliver Palmer. After Ramirez's first strikeout for the first out of the inning, Rob DeVeney singled up the middle to give Rhody a 2-1 lead. After a hit batter and another strikeout, Mike LeBel, drove home another with a single of his own. Jeff Cammons, aboard on the HBP, rounded third too far and was caught in a rundown to end the Rams' rally.
Noe Ramirez held the Rams to four hits and just one earned run though seven innings of work.
The score remained 3-1 in favor of Rhode Island until the seventh as Fullerton rallied for a pair of runs of Smith to tie the game at 3-3. Back-to-back doubles by Khris Davis and Jeff Newman (bunt) set up Pill's pinch hit double down the right field line that evened the scored and knocked smith from the game.
In the eighth, Christian Colon led off with a single up the middle and was sacrificed to second by Josh Fellhauer. Jared Clark walked and then Nick Ramirez singled to load the bases for Davis. Davis' fly out to right was deep enough for Colon to score from third with the go-ahead and eventual game-winner off Demko.
Ackland pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and gave the ball to Morrison for the ninth. Morrison allowed a single to DeVeney who advanced to second on a Colon throwing error, but the Titan closer struck out two and got a ground ball to close it out.
Fellhauer and Billy Marcoe led the Titans with a pair of hits each. DeVeney had two for Rhode Island.
With an 0-for-3 afternoon, Jared Clark's 12-game hitting streak came to an end. Colon (10-game), Brown (9-game), and Fellhauer (6-game) each extended their respective streaks by reaching via a hit on Sunday.
Notes: With 11 hits on the afternoon, Cal State Fullerton has now had double figures in hits in each of the last 10 games, and also logged 20-plus hits twice...Felhauer, who began the road trip with a .289 batting average boosted it to .459 over the last eight games by going 20-for-33 (.606) in games over Southern Miss, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Rhode Island...The Titans as a team hit .392 by collecting 120 hits (in 306 ABs), 23 doubles, four triples and 17 home runs over that same span.